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Sebastian Vettel may not have won the Monaco Grand Prix despite Red Bull’s three successive wins at the Principality but the German driver had plenty of positives to take away from the race.
The defending champion extended his lead in the standings to 21 points from Kimi Raikkonen after he finished second at Monte Carlo in what was his 50th career podium, becoming the youngest driver ever to reach the milestone.
At 25, Vettel beat Fernando Alonso’s record by two years. The Spaniard had grabbed his 50th Formula 1 podium after he won the controversial Singapore Grand Prix in 2008 with Renault at the age of 27.
Vettel, however, isn’t the quickest to reach the landmark as he took 107 Grands Prix to reach the figure. Michael Schumacher took 91 starts to get to 50 podiums and the late Ayrton Senna got there in 103 Grands Prix making the German the third quickest in the overall list.
Vettel was the 13th driver to achieve the feat of which seven recorded the landmark with victories. The Red Bull driver, who started the Monaco GP from third, though could not celebrate the record by being on the top step of the podium.
"I could have gone past both Mercedes but didn’t have the room, had to lift,” he said about the start referring to the tight streets of Monte Carlo. “And after that I was a bit surprised by the slow pace (of the two Mercedes’) in the opening laps.
“Usually you expect two Silver Arrows in front of you and there were two buses going for a cruise – at least in the first couple of laps,” he said suggesting that he was held up early in the race. “But obviously the strategy was clear and they did a very good job.”